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Bob #2

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#1 posted 11-05-2008 03:20 PM

For me, as an observer of this craft I think that North Americans must stop importing goods for the landfills.

Life over the last 40 years has become increasingly superficial with the primary goal of pure opulence rather than a focus on quality.
When I came out of school folks saved up for a down payment of 10% of their homes and took on 25 year mortgages.
Today they “were” able to grab the reins of a house 2-3 times the size and get a 55 year mortgage.

Moreover, they could fill it up with offshore crap on payments too.
The half life of almost everything has been cut at least in half.
In short, we have all become consummate consumers.

Moreover is this mindboggling “sense of entitlement”.

This coming back to reality now upon us is growing to be painfully and protracted.
It means deciding not to buy crap because it’s cheap or the box stores give you no choice.
It will involve personal resolve to say no and stick to it.

Making a living during the adjustment means taking on some of the smaller neighbourhood tasks instead of doing what you like in the shop.

In 40 years of business here I have never had a single offer to clear my snow from the sidewalks. Same at home. Yet clearing the walks probably pays better than carpentry or cabinetmaking.

Your next machine purchase may have to be a snowblower and a trailer but it’s a small price to pay for your independence.

Go Figure?


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